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Aug 21
Elizabeth Koch Tiscione
Last week, Fred Child met oboist Elizabeth Koch Tiscione at the Grand Teton Music Festival. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll have music and conversation with Koch Tiscione, including a fantastic performance of Mozart's Oboe Quartet and discussion about the challenges of playing music in Wyoming's dry mountain air.
Aug 20
Sheet music
Every week on our Piano Puzzler, composer Bruce Adolphe rewrites a familiar tune in the style of a classical composer. We get one of our listeners on the phone to try to guess the tune and the composer whose style Bruce is imitating. Play along on Wednesday's Performance Today, and see if you can guess the hidden tune and the composer.
Aug 19
sir_edward_elgar
Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations" is a sort of musical version of Instagram. But instead of taking pictures, Elgar composed musical portraits of his friends and acquaintances. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Elgar's collection of personalized musical vignettes from a concert in Toronto.
Aug 18
Daniel Barenboim
Daniel Barenboim is both a pianist and a conductor; one of the most versatile, agile, and expressive musical minds of our time. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll explore the many sides of Daniel Barenboim.
Aug 16
Mitsuko Uchida
In classical music, and probably in the world, there's no one else like her. Truly a woman of the world, Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida was educated in Austria and is now a British citizen. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear her interpretation of quintessentially Austrian music by Mozart.
Aug 15
Simone Dinnerstein
On Friday's Performance Today, pianist Simone Dinnerstein discusses the perfection and poetry of Bach. Plus, we'll hear her perform Bach's French Suite No. 5 in concert in Berlin.
Aug 14
Mitsuko Uchida
In classical music, and probably in the world, there's no one else like her. Truly a woman of the world, Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida was educated in Austria and is now a British citizen. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear her interpretation of quintessentially Austrian music by Mozart.
Aug 13
Bruce Adolphe
On Wednesday's Performance Today, Bruce joins us for our weekly Piano Puzzler. Play along and see if you can name the hidden tune and the composer whose style Bruce is imitating.
Aug 12
Maurice Ravel
Once upon a time, there was a clever little boy named Tom Thumb. His parents sent him to live in the woods; a fairly horrible state of affairs. And once upon a time, there was a composer who loved children's stories, but wanted them to sound less brutal. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear the result: Maurice Ravel's softening of the Mother Goose Tales.
Aug 11
Mike Marshall
American mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall is a big fan of both bluegrass and Bach. So when the New Century Chamber Orchestra asked him to write a new piece, he drew on these two musical styles for inspiration. On Monday's Performance Today we'll hear Marshall's Bach-and-bluegrass inspired Mandolin Concerto No. 1.
Aug 9
Trevi Fountain
Italian composer Ottorino Respighi once said, "I wonder why no one has made the fountains of Rome 'sing,' for they are, after all, the very voice of the city." No one else had done it, so Respighi did. On this weekend's Performance Today we'll hear "The Fountains of Rome," Respighi's homage to the unique voice of Rome.
Aug 8
Richard Strauss
The opening of Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" is incredibly memorable. You can sing along with every bit of it: the trumpet, the timpani, the big dramatic chords. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear the entirety of Strauss' most spine-chilling composition.
Aug 7
Mozart
When the 25-year-old Mozart was working in Munich, his pal Friedrich Ramm played oboe in the local orchestra. In his spare time between rehearsals, Mozart wrote a special quartet for Friedrich. On Thursday's Performance Today we'll hear Mozart's music for a friend from a concert in Charleston, South Carolina.
Aug 6
Trevi Fountain
Italian composer Ottorino Respighi once said, "I wonder why no one has made the fountains of Rome 'sing,' for they are, after all, the very voice of the city." No one else had done it, so Respighi did. On Wednesday's Performance Today we'll hear "The Fountains of Rome," Respighi's homage to the unique voice of Rome.
Aug 5
Saint-Saens
We met young American violinist Will Hagen this summer at the Aspen Festival, where he was a member of a student quartet. On Tuesday's Performance Today he'll make his solo debut on PT, playing a violin concerto by Saint-Saens.
Aug 4
Robert Schumann
On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear a concert from Shakespeare's hometown. The poetically named Orchestra of the Swan playing music by Robert Schumann.
Aug 2
Edvard Tchivzhel
When he took a Soviet orchestra on a U.S. tour in 1991, conductor Edvard Tchivzhel decided to defect; the result is a tale of Cold War intrigue in which Chuck E. Cheese plays a central role. We have the full story on this weekend's Performance Today, plus Tchivzhel conducting a recent concert in South Carolina.
Aug 1
Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert's music encompasses so much of the human condition. On Friday's Performance Today, Imogen Cooper talks more about Schubert, and performs a selection from one of his last works: Klavierstucke.